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Heart on my sleeve


For Ariel ~ you will never be forgotten.


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I was fifteen - you were barely older
when we met and I fell for you
that first time, secretly and quietly
wearing my heart on my sleeve
in the dark where no one could see
unless I wanted them to.

You took me in, gave me a sliver
of floor next to your bed and
especially because it was all you
had to offer, it meant the world
to me even though you probably
didn't realize it then.

Working a Middle Eastern cafe
you served baba ghanouj
smiling at the businessmen
who rented hookahs and blew
smoke in lazy circles.

Forty ounce bottles of beer
waiting for you after the stores
had been closed for hours
you always knew to plan ahead
and priorities were simple.

We grew up and apart, I guess
it was destined to happen
but we always came back
to one another - did we love
each other or the emotion?

Screaming matches followed
too much beer and we fought
like it would save our souls
only time would finally show us
love isn't always pretty.

Almost too late, we found each other
one last time and played the usual game
of how are you and here I am
we were closer and yet detached
like some cosmic oxymoron.

And wouldn't you know it
now that you've wandered off
to your own personal summerland
there are still so many things I wish
I could have told you one last time.

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